The philosophy of Habitat for Humanity is simple, “It’s a hand up, not a hand out.” This means that Habitat homes are built by the families we serve, alongside dedicated volunteers and staff. Prior to becoming a Habitat homeowner, families must meet specific criteria that includes a willingness to partner and contribute at least 500 hours of Sweat Equity.
These 500 hours can be completed by working on their own home, a neighbor’s home, or by loved ones who wish to support a family’s dream of home ownership. “There is beauty in this work,” said one homeowner at his home’s dedication ceremony. Families do not need to have any prior experience in construction in order to complete Sweat Equity hours.
While Habitat homeowners need to perform Sweat Equity, families must also demonstrate a need for housing and ability to pay a mortgage, in addition to other requirements.
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